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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 9, 2011 5:42pm
Forum: forums Subject: Is IA owned by PBS?

Or do they both have the same marketing team? Let's see.

-Grants up the wazoo.
-Tax payer funding (600K, a drop in the bucket), thank-you Congressman Farr.
-Many good folks that become members and pay dues.

So now we get sloganeering every time we pop on IA that is equivalent to how my local PBS station begs for money. Or used to twenty years ago when I still was a paying member and paid attention.
So things are tight at IA? Maybe prioritize? I loved my hat and swag, but maybe that ought not have been a line item?
Maybe, since my above example was a tiny slice of the budgetary pie chart, some tough choices need to be made. One less library to digitize this year? One less server, and load times may be a second or five slower? Is every employee necessary (gasp) or can benefits be slightly trimmed back for a year or two?

How many fish are you going to catch in the Donate on every page, like a Big Sister reminding you incessantly? Enough? If your projections are that rosy or your shortfall that small why bother (and it is) at all?

So an on-line PBS? Don't be that website IA. There are better solutions to be sure. And it looks desperate and tacky.

[sorry about a button press, restored- det.]

This post was modified by Detective John Carter of Mars on 2011-12-10 01:42:00

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Poster: morst Date: Dec 9, 2011 6:52pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Is IA owned by PBS?

I hate advertisements, but pledge request banners are not as bad as ads, in my book.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffTyler Date: Dec 9, 2011 10:49am
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Is IA owned by PBS?

I disagree. the 'donate' page has been active since the IA started. I think now it is just a little more visible. If people want to donate to support something they enjoy, they should be allowed to, it's their money.